A news article published in November 2011 revealed that Jane Austen might have died of arsenic poisoning. Arsenic was a common ingredient in medicines of the time.
Based on the success of the 2011-12 pilot project, Hamden Branch libraries will once again offer services on Saturdays beginning March 16. Whitneyville Branch at125 Carleton Streetwill be open from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through June 22 while Brundage-Community Branch at91 Circular Avenuewill open from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. In addition to regular library services, Hamden’s Partnership for Young Children plans to once again offer its popular Saturday Cereal Club sessions for preschoolers and their parents at the Whitneyville Branch and Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven will provide tutoring for English language learners at Brundage Community Branch. Please watch for further announcements detailing start dates and times for these programs.
For further information about branch hours, please call Whitneyville Branch at 203-287-2677, Brundage Community Branch at 203-287-2675 or Miller Central Library Information Desk at 203-287-2680.
Celebrating Black History began in 1926, when Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a Harvard Ph.D., initiated "Negro History Week." Dr. Woodson, a historian, chose the second week in February because it included the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, the Bicentennial (200th birthday) of the United States of America, the week-long observance was extended to the entire month of February in order to have enough time for celebratory programs and activities. Please see our book display in honor of Black History Month in front of the main staircase.
This month marks the 200th anniversary of one of the most popular novels in English literature: "Pride and Prejudice" written by Jane Austen was published on January 28, 1813. Since then, it has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. Below is the title page from the first edition of the first volume of "Pride and Prejudice". Here are a couple of interesting links:
Pride and Prejudice: A Jane Austen interactive. Compiled by THE GUARDIAN. Leading writers give an alternative reading of its characters.
The pass can be checked out by Hamden residents with valid Hamden Public Library cards. One pass per family. The pass covers cost of parking, where there is an established parking charge. Parking fees are charged at all four state park beaches on Long Island Sound as well as several inland parks. The pass also covers admission for two adults and four children at state historical sites and exhibit centers at Dinosaur, Fort Trumbull and Gillette Castle State Parks.
Please note that starting Monday, February 25 the museum at Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill will be closed for construction. The tentative reopening date is April 4.
Come to the info desk at Miller Library, 2901 Dixwell Ave. to check out and return our museum passes.
The production of some 2012 major tax products, including the Form 1040 and the Instructions for Form 1040, is impacted by the recent passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. At this time, respresentative from the Internal Revenue Service do not have an estimate as to when products will become available on www.irs.gov or in print.
The IRS is currently reviewing the details of recent tax legislation and assessing what impact it will have on this year's filing season. The IRS will soon make available additional information on when taxpayers can start filing 2012 tax returns.
January's literary birthdays include Virginia Woolf, Ernest J. Gaines, Anton Chekhov, Patricia Highsmith, Zora Neale Hurston, and Edgar Allan Poe.
Jan. 1 - J.D. Salinger (1919 - 2010 )
Jan. 2 - Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)
Jan. 3 - J. R. R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973)
Jan. 5 - Umberto Eco (1932 - )
Jan. 6 - Khalil Gibran (1883 -1931)
Jan. 6 - E.L. Doctorow (1931 - )
Jan. 6 - Carl Sandburg (1878 - 1967)
Jan. 7 - Zora Neale Hurston (1903 - 1960)
Jan. 8 - Wilkie Collins (1824 -1889)
Jan. 9 - Simone de Beauvoir (1908 - 1986)
Jan. 12 - Jack London (1876 - 1916)
Jan. 12 - Charles Perrault (1628 - 1703)
Jan. 12 - Haruki Murakami (1949 - )
Jan. 15 - Ernest J. Gaines (1933 - )
Jan. 15 - Frank Conroy (1936 - 2005)
Jan. 16 - William Kennedy (1928 - )
Jan. 17 - Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)
Jan. 17 - Nevil Shute (1899 - 1960)
Jan. 18 - A. A. Milne (1882 - 1956)
Jan. 19 - Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849)
Jan. 19 - Patricia Highsmith (1921 - 1995)
Jan. 22 - Lord Byron (1788 - 1824)
Jan. 22 - August Strindberg (1849 - 1912)
Jan. 22 - Joseph Wambaugh (1937 -)
Jan. 24 - Edith Wharton (1862 - 1937)
Jan. 25 - Virginia Woolf (1882 - 1941)
Jan. 25 - Gloria Naylor (1950 - )
Jan. 27 - Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898)
Jan. 28 - Susan Sontag (1933 - 2004)
Jan. 29 - Anton Chekhov (1860 - 1904)
Jan. 31 - John O'Hara (1905 - 1970)
Jan. 31 - Norman Mailer (1923 - 2007)
Jan. 31 - Zane Grey (1872 - 1939)
Jan. 31 -Thomas Merton (1915 - 1968)
You make your list of resolutions every January, and by the middle of February, you've reverted to all your old habits. This year, stop by the library when you feel your resolve begin to weaken. We have wide variety of resources and tools that can help motivate you and get you back on track.
In the wake of the terrible tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the librarians at Healthnet, the Connecticut Consumer Health Information Network, offer the following online resources to help you and your children talk about violence. These links are provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice or opinion. This information is the result of an extensive search of online resources and represents what has judged to be appropriate information. Please be aware that medical experts may disagree on the various aspects of situations such as this one.
Helping your children manage distress in the aftermath of a shooting
From the American Psychological Association
Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: What Parents Can Do/How Parents Can Help
From the National Institute of Mental Health
Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event
From the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Children and the News
From American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Tips for Talking to Children about the Aurora Shooting
From American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Coping With Unexpected Events: Depression and Trauma
SEE SECTION: Helping and Talking with Children
From the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
In second position is "Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man" by Walter Stahr.
In third position is "Sick from Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering During the Civil War and Reconstruction" by Jim Downs.
In fourth position is "Nature Next Door: Cities and Trees in the American Northeast" by Ellen Stroud. In fifth position "The Patriarch: the remarkable life and turbulent times of Joseph P. Kennedy" by David Nasaw.